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Top 5 Weird Online Dating Facts

VO: Chris Masson
Over 50 million people use Tinder every month, and collectively swipe about a billion times per day. And that’s just a small piece of the e-dating world. Today we’re counting down five weird things you probably didn’t know about online dating. What should you wear in your profile picture? Where can you meet a single sea captain? And, wait, the host gave money to whom?! Learn all this and more on today's extra romantic edition of Top 5 Facts!
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Over 50 million people use Tinder every month, and collectively swipe about a billion times per day. And that’s just a small piece of the e-dating world., Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts, the series where we reveal– you guessed it– five random facts about a fascinating topic. Today we’re counting down five weird things you probably didn’t know about online dating.

#5: More Fish in a Small Pond


Researchers have discovered that dating markets with relatively fewer partners, like lesibans or middle-aged heterosexuals, are more likely to find a date online. But things get a lot more niche than divorcees and gay people. Clowns can get their giggles on ClownDating.com. Self-professed ugly people can find love on UglyShmucks.com. Are you passionate about hot sauces? Do you have a gluten allergy? A mullet? A diaper fetish? Well, there’s a dating site for all of you. Are you looking for an Ahab to harpoon your white whale? SeaCaptainDate.com is an actual thing. Ok, it might be a hoax. That’s it, I’m calling shenanigans.

#4: You Too Can Date a Serial Killer


There are actually multiple sites that will allow you to find your soul mate behind bars. Since prisoners tend to have limited access to the internet, some sites require the inmates to write their profiles by hand and mail it in. Nevertheless, some inmates do succeed in finding a love match, and actually get married while incarcerated. Of course, this is not to be confused with A&E’s failed reality showed Love Prison, where online daters who have never met before are trapped in a house on a tiny island for a week… with predictably terrible results.

#3: Letters A to M Are More Lucky in Love


In 2015, researchers combed through literally thousands of studies to find out which strategies are most effective when creating an online dating profile. They discovered that having a screen name that begins with the top half of the alphabet is as important as having an attractive photo. Your screen name should also steer away from any words with negative associations. If you’re a woman, wear red in your profile pic. If you’re a man, have a photo with other people, with you in the middle, touching someone else– but only on the upper arm. Or just hire a Personal Dating Assistant to write your profile for you.

#2: The Paradox of Choice: True for Laundry, True for Love


Studies have shown many times the when we have more choices, be it for types of raspberry jam or for brands laundry detergent, we are less likely to make a choice, and more likely to regret whatever choice we make. This might be the principle behind some unfortunate findings published in 2014, which found that couples who met online are far less likely to end up married, and those who do marry are a lot more likely to end up divorced. This contradicts some 2013 research that found relationships started online are the more stable ones. But that research was funded by popular dating site eHarmony, so…

#1: Men and Women Fear Very Different Things When Dating Online


According to an online survey cited in the documentary “When Strangers Click,” what straight men fear most in online dating is that their date will wind up being fat. What straight women fear is that their date will be a serial killer. But maybe what they should be fearing more is getting scammed. In the UK, there were over 200,000 reports of con artists using online romance scams to fraud their supposed e-lovers out of cash. Experts say these crimes might actually be underreported. Honestly, if my supposed girlfriend in Kazakhstan convinced me to “loan” her £15,000 and then disappeared, I don’t think I’d report it either. Luckily, my actual girlfriend in Kazakhstan would never do that. I love you, Masha! You can pay me back whenever.


How about you? Do you have any online dating horror stories? For more happily-ever-after Top 10s and Ugly Shmuck Top 5s, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com
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